Whisky Review: Kilchoman Club 4th Release – Sauternes Cask
- Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Kilchoman Distillery
- Bottling: Kilchoman Distillery Company
- ABV: 60%
- Cost: £75
What they say
With the first storm of the winter about to hit Scotland it feels like the perfect time to announce some good news! The Club is now into its fourth year and we have something never seen before, a Kilchoman single malt fully matured in Sauternes casks!
The Kilchoman Club Release – Fourth Edition is exclusively available to members of the Club. Three fully matured Sauternes casks from January 2011 have been hand picked from the warehouse and bottled at cask strength – 60% ABV. Just over 900 bottles of this unique release will be available and every bottle will be individually numbered and hand labelled.
What I say
Originally sampled for our 2016 Dramvent calender but then I realised this being a Kilchoman Club bottling it was perhaps a little more exclusive and less general release – so I think instead I posted on the general release Kilchoman Sauternes matured edition.
Matured in ex-Sauternes casks 740 & 790 /2010 and 28/2011 so “distilled” in January 2011 (for the younger 1/3 of the casks at least) at Kilchoman Farm Distillery on Islay and matured for 4 years before bottling 9th November 2015.
Outturn of 900 bottles Released November 16th 2015, exclusive to Kilchoman club members.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Yellow/Amber gold (8/20). Numerous slow and fine tears/beads with fine legs
- Nose: Sweet cigarette ash, green, mossy, fusty peat, organic and vegetal, then ashen peat, sweet peach and nectarine fruits, dusty , a little pear and apple too, peat-smoked green bananas, espresso coffee, lemon pledge, with water a little white wine vinegar.
- Taste: Sweet and fruity, prickly pepper spice, malty cereal barley, cayenne pepper, peach, nectarine, melon dusted with chilli, cigarette ash, green banana, pear, struck matches/sulphur, pencil shavings, new oak wood, with water – less spicy, more honey, gentle malt with a hint of salted caramel.
- Finish: Long, wood & peat & ash, sweet fruits, leathery tannins and new wood
Challenging, not overly complex, unusual. Improves with a drop of water as I felt the peat masked a lot of the cask influence and the sweeter Sauternes-influenced notes I was hoping for.
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